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CSKA Moscow – ALBA Berlin

CSKA will try to keep its early-season momentum going when it welcomes winless ALBA Berlin to the Russian capital. CSKA bounced back from a season-opening loss with back-to-back victories, including an overtime thriller at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on Wednesday night. ALBA has had a slow start, with three losses and a league-worst -47 point difference going into Round 4.

CSKA has been depleted to start the season but led by Will Clyburn (17.7 ppg.), Mike James (17.3 ppg., 4.3 apg.) and Tornike Shengelia (10.3 ppg., 8.3 rpg.) has found ways to succeed. Still, it would be important for their teammates to get involved in the offense sooner rather than later. The rest of the team has averaged just 28.0 points per game so far, and finding more balance on offense would go long way toward victory in this game that CSKA is playing on short rest.

Semen Antonov, Nikola Milutinov and Janis Strelnieks tested positive for COVID-19 and missed CSKA’s Round 2 and Round 3 games. Andrei Lopatin also tested positive ahead of the Round 3 game.

ALBA has still to rediscover the offense that has been its trademark since Aito Garcia Reneses took over as head coach. ALBA has not scored more than 73 points in any of its first three games after averaging 84.5 last season. The teams needs to get better control of the boards, especially on the defensive end, which would give it more opportunities to run in transition and get some easy baskets.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 162.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Fenerbahce – Bayern

Fenerbahce and Bayern are coming into their Round 4 clash from opposite directions. Fenerbahce lost a overtime thriller at home against CSKA Moscow, while Bayern is coming off a dramatic road win at Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv. With both sides holding 2-1 records, it is an early-season clash where the winner’s prize could end up being a share of the EuroLeague standings lead.

To bounce back from its first defeat under Kokoskov, Fenerbahce will need to take better care of the ball and get more efficient inside the three-point arc. Fenerbahce is averaging 16.3 turnovers, second-most in the league, and shoots the ball with the third-lowest two-point accuracy, 46.0%. Improving in those areas will be very important against a defensively aggressive Bayern team.

Bayern has started this season playing with focus, poise and discipline, especially on the defensive end. Bayern leads the league with 9.7 steals per game, and needs to keep that effort in this game, too. It will be important for Bayern to try to keep up in the battle on the glass, too, as Fenerbahce is one of the best rebounding teams in the league through three games.

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Olympiacos – Maccabi

Maccabi (1-2) comes off its second loss of the season, as FC Bayern Munich stood on its way at Menora Mivtachim Arena, 82-85, despite 27 points from Scottie Wilbekin and 19 from Ante Zizic. Olympiacos (2-1) registered its second consecutive win, downing AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 86-75 behind 17 points and 11 assists from Kostas Sloukas. Georgios Printezis and Aaron Harrison each added 16 points for the Reds. Expect nothing but a great showdown between old sports rivals at Peace and Friendship Stadium as visiting coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos returns again to face the team he led to the 2017 championship game.

Olympiacos shot the ball really well against Milan, hitting 61.8% two-point shots and 40% of its attempts from beyond the arc. It finished the game with 20 assists and held Milan to just 12. That focus on defense and ball circulation on offense will be critical against a high-scoring team like Maccabi. Olympiacos has a more experienced backcourt, led by Sloukas, Vassilis Spanoulis and Charles Jenkins, and must be read to make the most of that advantage. Stopping Ante Zizic and Othello Hunter down low should be critical, too, for the hosts.

Despite this week’s loss, Maccabi outrebounded Bayern by 40-29, showing a great team effort, with as many as seven players pulling down at least 4 boards. Maccabi has a size advantage in the paint with Zizic, Hunter and Dragan Bender, so connecting with its big men will be important. The Israeli powerhouse relies on Elijah Bryant and Chris Jones to put defensive pressure on Sloukas and prevent him from organizing Olympiacos’s offense. Maccabi needs to cut down turnovers, as it had 18 against Bayern after averaging 12.5 in the first two rounds.

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Milano – Real Madrid

Real (1-2) registered its first win this week, downing Khimki Moscow Region 94-85 behind 21 points from Sergio Llull and 19 off the bench from Nico Laprovittola. Milan (2-1) took an 86-75 road loss against Olympiacos Piraeus despite 18 points from Sergio Rodriguez. It will be a special game for Rodriguez, who played for Real for six seasons, earning EuroLeague MVP honors in 2015, reaching three consecutive continental championship games and lifting the trophy in 2015. Expect a fun-to-watch but intense game at WiZink Center.

As always for Real, it all starts with hard defense and pulling down defensive rebounds. If able to do both, Real can run the floor and find space for its many shooters. Los Blancos downed 17 three-point shots against Khimki, one shy of tying its all-time record. Edy Tavares and Usman Garuba must play physical and aggressive inside against Kyle Hines and Kaleb Tarczewski. Real has to find a way to prevent Rodriguez and Malcolm Delaney from dominating the game tempo, as Milan will have better chances in a five-on-five offense game.

Kevin Punter has been sidelined for the start of the season with a hip flexor. Vladimir Micov has missed the team’s first three games of the season.

Milan only grabbed 6 offensive rebounds in its loss against Olympiacos and averages just 8.7 until now. Milan should try to crash the offensive boards better, which would help to stop Real’s transition game. Milan is without Vladimir Micov and Kevin Punter, so players like Gigi Datome, Delaney and Michael Roll will be ready to outscore high-quality offensive players such as Llull, Facu Campazzo and Jaycee Carroll. Hines will want to use his experience against Tavares and take him out of the paint, generating space for drives to the basket.

Felipe Reyes has missed Real’s first three games of the season. Anthony Randolph missed Round 3.

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Baskonia – Khimki

It’s going to be two teams coming from different places when TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (1-1) welcomes a winless Khimki Moscow Region (0-3) on Friday night. The hosts did not play their Round 2 game against Zenit St Petersburg and will probably be fresh in their first game this week. On the other hand, Khimki lost its third in a row at Real Madrid, and this will be its third game in seven days with a lineup that has been limited by virus cases.

Baskonia did not play earlier this week, so that fact and home-court advantage give the hosts an edge going into the game. Khimki tops the league in assists per game, so Baskonia will have to pay attention to the passing lanes on defense to try to get steals and run the break. Also, Khimki big men like Devin Booker and Jonas Jerebko are ever-present weapons for the guests for now, so Baskonia’s bigs will have extra work on Friday in order for their team to have good options for a win.

Baskonia has a fresh roster because its Round 3 game was not played.

Still without super scorer Alexey Shved on board, among several other players, Khimki is struggling with three losses in three games. A fourth one is a luxury that few teams could afford, so the guests will have to do everything in their hands to get the win. Khimki’s 4.3 steals per game is the second-worst in the league, so the Russian team will have to increase the effort in defense in order to get more open options on the offensive end. The COVID-19 situation is also affecting Khimki big-time, so coach Rimas Kurtinaitis will have to get the best of the men he’s got available in Vitoria.

Khimki’s Jordan Mickey, Janis Timma, Evgeny Voronov Greg Monroe and Maxim Barashkov have all tested positive for COVID-19 last week and have been isolated and are under medical supervision. Alexey Shved, Stefan Jovic and Errick McCollum all missed the first three games of the season.

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The Euroleague continues with round 21 containing a clasico in Spain and a massive derby in Belgrade. None of the rest of the games though will be an easy task for the favourites. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

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Real Madrid – Barcelona

El Clasico’s latest round is a must-see battle between two of the co-leaders of Euroleague. Barcelona (13-7) has won three straight road games, as well as achieved a thrilling triumph at Palau Blaugrana in Round 2 when Sergio Llull missed an attempted game-winner at the buzzer. Real (13-7) will be looking to rebound from a bad showing at Olympiacos last week, and will need on another dominant performance from Walter Tavares to control the paint in what will undoubtedly be a rough contest.

Over 160.5 at 1.90

Alba Berlin – Valencia

Valencia (10-10) will aim to make it four wins in a row when it travels to ALBA Berlin (6-14) for a rematch of the EuroCup Finals from 2010 and 2019. Valencia has been plagued by injury issues recently, but important creator Chris Jones is now available, and new signing Shannon Evans, who leads the Spanish League in scoring this season, might make his debut. ALBA will look to former Valencia forward Luka Sikma for inspiration as it looks to rebound from successive losses and rekindle its fading playoff aspirations.

2 (+3.5) at 1.90

Asvel Villerbaunne – Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce (13-7) hopes to keep its share of top place with a win over ASVEL (7-13), which is searching for its first home win in four games. The Turkish titan’s three-game winning streak has been fueled by big man Johnathan Motley, who has averaged 17.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in that span. The struggle for inside supremacy between Motley and ASVEL’s Youssoupha Fall, who has scored in double figures in four straight games, will be crucial.

2 (-3.5) at 1.90

Monaco – Milano

Monaco (12-8) will look to add to the misery for Milan (6-14), which has plummeted to the bottom of the rankings with four successive losses. The home team has won the last seven games involving Monaco, including a Round 15 loss to Milan in Italy. Ettore Messina’s men overcame a 17-point deficit in that game by launching a 19-0 run in the last session, so Monaco coach Sasa Obradovic won’t need to encourage his players to compete for the full 40 minutes this time.

Over 154.5 at 1.90

Panathinaikos – Zalgiris

Zalgiris (12-8) visits struggling Panathinaikos (7-13) in pursuit of its fifth straight victory. Last week’s comeback triumph over Zvezda was secured by Edgaras Ulanovas, who can always be counted on to perform as Zalgiris’ emotional leader. But, maybe more than any other club, the Lithuanians rely on teamwork rather than individual brilliance, especially with a defence that has allowed just 76.2 points per game, the league’s second-lowest mark.

Winning margin 3-way: Any Other Result (1-5 points) at 2.60

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The Euroleague action for 2023 continues non-stop. We are already in round 19, therefore in the second half of the regular season. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

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Anadolu Efes – Bayern

Shane Larkin’s return to fitness has given defending champion Efes (10-9) an extra dimension as it looks to cement its spot in the top eight by defeating visiting Bayern (7-12) after an outstanding win in Barcelona last week. The German squad has lost five straight away games, but overcame Efes 81-78 in November in Munich. On that occasion, offensive rebounding was crucial, with Bayern grabbing 18, so Efes will be determined to play with more physicality this time around.

Over 156.5 at 1.90

Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda

At the Final Four venue, Zalgirio Arena, a duel between two of this season’s most interesting dark horses will take place, with Zalgiris (11-8) trying to make it four wins in a row and Zvezda (10-9) looking to build on last week’s devastating win over Monaco. Zvezda now leads the series after a four-point home win against Zalgiris a month ago, thanks to Luca Vildoza’s career-high 27 points. Now, Zvezda must overcome a Zalgiris defence that allowed only 61 points in last week’s victory in Milan.

1 (-2.5) at 1.90

Olympiacos – Real Madrid

After taking full ownership of first place with a pair of road wins last week, Real (13-6) will look to maintain that position as it travels to Piraeus to face second-place Olympiacos (12-7) in a playoff-style matchup. These are also the competition’s top two scoring clubs, with Olympiacos (85.2 points per game) edging Real (84.4), and everything leads to another spectacular battle between two European titans. Olympiacos already won 87-89 in Madrid in October on the strength of a spectacular game-winning shot by Kostas Sloukas.

Real Madrid Under 79.5 at 1.83

Milano – Asvel Villeurbanne

Two bottom-of-the-standings teams whose playoff ambitions require a huge boost meet in Milan (6-13) as Milan welcomes ASVEL (6-13). The hosts are on a three-game losing streak, while ASVEL has lost five in a row due to injury issues. Because these are the league’s two lowest-scoring clubs (Milan 69.6 points per game; ASVEL 74.4), the winner should be determined by which team can find more offensive fluency.

1/1 at 1.80

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The Euroleague action for 2023 continues non-stop. We are already in round 19, therefore in the second half of the regular season. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

Yes, these are the best Euro League basketball tips you can possible find and appear under each mini game preview.

Fenerbahce – Monaco

Two of the four clubs tied for second meet to kick off the week in style, with Fenerbahce (12-7) welcoming Monaco (12-7). The Turkish squad, which has won two games in a row, will be hoping that big man Johnathan Motley can keep up his excellent form after winning the Round 19 MVP award. Monaco is coming off its worst performance of the season, a 24-point loss to Zvezda, and must re-ignite an attack that has scored only 60 and 68 points in the last two games.

Over 161.5 at 1.90

Maccabi – Alba Berlin

Maccabi (10-9), with the competition’s joint-best home record (8-1), will aim to extend that – and also stay in the playoffs – with a visit from ALBA (6-13), which saw its three-game winning streak ended last week with a tough loss to Real Madrid. Both teams will attempt to dominate the boards: Maccabi leads the league in offensive rebounding with 12.5 per game, while ALBA, which has won only one of its previous eight games in Tel Aviv, is third with 11.7.

Maccabi Over 88.5 at 2.10

Baskonia – Barcelona

In a Spanish derby with everything on the line, Baskonia (11-8) will try to halt a two-game losing streak against Barcelona (12-7), who has a point to prove after last week’s home setback to Efes. Baskonia, which has won six straight at home, will be hoping to have long-range shooting specialist Markus Howard return from injury, while Barcelona will be hoping to see point guard Tomas Satoransky return to give more order to an offence that has been uneven in recent weeks.

2 at 1.75

Virtus Bologna – Panathinaikos

After snapping a six-game losing streak with a spirited win against Maccabi last week, Panathinaikos (7-12) looks to continue its upward trajectory with a trip to Virtus (8-11). Virtus, who lost both games at home during the double-round week, will look to improve its defence after conceding 87 and 85 points respectively. Panathinaikos will be hoping that Paris Lee continues to shine in the backcourt after scoring 21 points in their last game.

2 (+5.5) at 1.90

Valencia – Partizan

Valencia (9-10) hosts Partizan (9-10) in a clash of direct rivals just outside the playoffs. Valencia has overcome many injury absences to win three of its last four home games, but its patched-up team will need to produce a good defensive performance to contain one of the league’s most dangerous attackers. Partizan is seventh in two-point shooting accuracy (56.2%) and fourth in three-point shooting accuracy (37.8%), and has scored at least 83 points in each of the last four games.

1 at 1.86

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